About 20 miles west of Chicago, in Hillside, IL, lies a huge plot of land. It’s Mount Carmel Cemetery and it’s the final resting place of many famous characters whom most of us know from history and through numerous books, movies and TV series that feature their lives. Here’s a little selection of photos of the graves of the most famous people buried at Mount Carmel, and directions to them, should you be in the neighborhood. You can click on the photos to view them larger.
Al Capone’s grave is in section 34. When you enter the cemetery from Roosevelt Rd (IL 38), turn right and drive on for some 50 yards, and there it is on the right.
The O’Banion gravesite is in Section L. When you enter from Roosevelt Rd, drive straight ahead for about quarter of a mile. The gravesite is on the left, about where there’s a round chapel on the right.
Hymie Weiss’s grave is just a few yards north of O’Banion’s. Located in Section K. If you parked right beside O’Banion’s grave, leave the car there, walk ahead past the next intersection, continue for a few yards, and there it is, on the left.
Giancana’s grave is in section 38. Enter from Roosevelt, take the second left, drive until the road ends with a fence and a building, and turn right. Drive until the next intersection, and there it is, on the left.
This one is very easy to find. Again, enter from Roosevelt Rd, turn left, and there it is, on the right. The gravesite says Nitto, as was the family’s original name.
Thankfully, Dennis Farina’s gravesite now has a headstone. When I visited the cemetery last December, the grave was still unmarked. It’s located in section 41, block 21, lot 6, grave 1—yes, that precise; however, it’s one of the hardest to give directions to. From Roosevelt Rd, take the second left, drive until the road ends with a fence and a building, and turn right. Go past Giancana’s grave and continue until the next intersection. The grave is located on the left just across the intersection, but you have to look for it, because there is no big tombstone.
And to make things easier, I’ve also drawn a map. Clicking on it will take you to a special Google map, where all the graves are marked for easy finding.